Overcoming climate changeContainers

In-house production of PET bottles

Kirin Beverage introduced Japan's first in-line PET blowing aseptic filling machine at Nagano Tomato (currently Shinshu Beverage) in 1997, and subsequently installed a high speed in-line PET blowing aseptic filling machine at the Shonan Plant in 2000. In the past, we purchased empty PET bottles from container manufacturers and shipped them to plants where we filled them with beverages, to make final products. With an in-line blow aseptic filling machine, we mold PET bottle containers from a material called preform in the production process of the plant and fill them under aseptic conditions. Installation consequently contributes greatly to reducing GHG emissions as using preforms allows us to process greater loads on trucks compared to transporting empty PET bottles.
In 2003, we installed preform molding equipment on the beverage production line at Kirin Distillery ahead of other players in the industry, thereby saving the transportation of preforms.

Reducing the weight of containers

Between 1990 and 2021, Kirin Brewery and Kirin Beverage reduced GHG emissions from container manufacturing by a total of 4.8 million tonnes* by reducing the weight of containers and packaging. Making containers lighter leads to reducing GHG emissions in the manufacturing process of containers and packaging and improving loading efficiency, which leads to the reduction of GHG emissions.
* Calculated based on the Carbon Footprint Product Category Rule (Certified CFP-PCR Number: PA-BV-02) applied to the actual container usage of Kirin Brewery and Kirin Beverage from 1990 to 2021.

  • Annual GHG emissions when producing labels, Approximately 400t reduction

  • Annual GHG emissions from 『ecycled PET bottles and no label products, Approximately 1,300t reduction

*Product photos are as of the end of June 2022.

Ocean transportation in large bags and bottling in Japan

Mercian ships some of the wine it imports via ocean transportation in specially designed, large 24kl bags (equivalent to about 32,000 of 750ml bottles) with low oxygen permeability, and bottles the wine in plants in Japan. Compared to importing bottled wine, this method lets Mercian reduce GHG emissions during ocean transport by roughly 60% because it eliminates the need to transport heavy bottles by sea, although it increases the amount of GHG emissions from the company’s plants in Japan owing to bottling in Japan. We are able to use Ecology Bottles (made with at least 90% recycled glass), lightweight bottles, and PET bottles as containers, which contributes to making effective use of resources and reducing GHG emissions significantly across the entire value chain.

  • Specially designed large bags

*The above information is reprinted from the Kirin Group Environmental Report 2022 and is current as of June 30, 2022.